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Hill Farmstead Ephraim
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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Ephraim (1823-1913) was our great-great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery resides several hundred feet downhill from the land that he and his father settled. In his honor, this Imperial India Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, buckets of American hops, our ale yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and double dry hopped. Intensely aromatic and saturated with resinous hop flavor, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Ephraim. 10.3%, 21ļP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Clementine, cotton candy, northwest rainforest aroma; alive and whimsical.

Subtle layering of rich blonde malts and tropical, misty hops. Stunning.

Viscous at first, settling into an awesome, brittle and wintery dryness.

Another fully inspiring example.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Oh, just one of six half growlers I received recently. Pours a hazy light apricot with a sheet of light white foam. Smell is juicy. Some pear, some tangerine, some melons and pineappel, and hints of resin, but mostly sweet juicy hops. This is an approach to hops and grain Iíve not really experienced before, this is really innovative - this does not really smell like an IPA/IIPA. More like a sweet biscuit with some preserves on it. Flavor follows suit, really unassuming for the style. Not overly syrupy sweet, like some IIPAs, but slightly sweet with lots more juicy fruit, biscuity malt and now some bitterness and a little more hop character as it warms. Full bodied with sharp carb and a semi dry finish. This is a really fine brew, Iím not sure I would go nuts for it, and would likely prefer a few cans of Heady Topper over this, or several others as well. i might argue the beer is a little too heavy on the Dextrose, like Hop Henge in the last couple years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler. Pours a golden yellow amber color with a very white head that forms a nice 1 finger head of foam that falls rather quickly. I can smell the hop aroma as I pour this out into the glass. Very aromatic with nice tropical type hop notes like pineapple and mango, also some citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitter hop bite. Wow, bitter bite, might be a tad much. Very slight alcohol notes but otherwise the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, UFOís, off white stable large head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, peppery, some peaches. TASTE: peppery, quite heavy, little alcohol noticeable. Quite nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Growler thanks to Adam in a recent trade, thanks a ton! Enjoyed along side Society and Solitude #5. Pour is cloudy light orange with a smallish white head. Still quite nicely carbonated. Aroma is a little less aggressive than the SS5. Loaded with light pine, grapefruit, faint resin. Notes of resin, pineapple, and grapfruit seem to be the most elevated aromas. Flavor is true to nose with the hop profile being a bit more on the resinous side as compared to SS5, but the profile is still loaded with citrus notes too. maybe a touch of ash in the finish too. Very late hay on a few of the sips too. A more cohesive beer than SS5, but there are no bad options with these beers. Delightful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1243) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor is nice pine with hints of caramel. Hints of citrus poke through make this quite a treat. Another wonderful HF brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1230) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Whatís this? An East Coast IPA that would stand out even amongst the great West Coast IPAs? Dank tropical and citrus fruit aromas, light crisp malt giving perfect body, really, really good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
Draft at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event with James. Pours an electric, glowingly hazy, turbid nectarine orange with a rich, frothy, gorgeous streaky pristine white head. Cathedral window arch lacing throughout the session. The nose is an invitingly mellow, yet misleadingly complex, boquet; freah cream mixes with orange marmalade, chamomile, lavender, piney hop resin, zesty grapefruit juice, apricot, and sublte notes of peaches and earth. These scents follow through cleanly onto flavors of orange sherbert, honey, and smooth, subtle bitter hop. This is an outstandingly rich, intricate, smooth double IPA. Very well done and drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pour is hazy bright golden amber with tons of egg white head leaving a thick lacing. The nose is pungent, light clean grain, dusty, strong tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit behind. Taste also has nice balance with huge hop punch. The grain is up front, clean and lightly dusty. Hops surround with a creamy dough and more tropical fruit. Plenty of mango and fuzzy peach with a grapefruit hit in back and crisp bitterness with little lingering effect. Body is light, a touch creamy mid palate, softer carbonation in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at Brouwerij Lane!

Bright orange, slightly cloudy. Creamy white head and lace adorn the goblet. Grapefruit and fresh hops in the nose arenít as bold as other HF offerings, but admittedly thatís a ridiculous standard.

Ephraim is intense; strongly piney. Much more bitter flavor profile than any other HF DIPA Iíve tasted. Aggressively fruited with tons of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Reminds me of biting too close to the rind of an orange. Boozy, very hoppy.

Massively viscous body for an IPA, and I love it. Another stellar offering from HF; these guys can do no wrong.


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